Childs Play #1: Toy Handplane Build #1... Getting Started..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 11-12-2014 04:07 AM 2055 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After finishing up the boys workbench I figured a workbench is no good if you don’t have any tools to use on it.

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That started my mini saw build..

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Then after finding an antique kids brace for next to nothing (It needs a set of jaws made for it..on the list) I figured I would build a whole set of tools for him for Christmas this year.

The idea is for them to be “realistic” but safe and durable (you know.. like toys used to be made) mostly functional and look close to the real thing as possible. Here is the saw and brace with the cut out pieces of the handplane so far.

The plane is slightly smaller than a Stanley No. 2 and is made of aluminum. I used aluminum so it would be light enough for him to use and safe for it to be dropped on the floor (or tiny feet) without issue.

After drawing it out on graph paper and cutting out the various pieces this morning.

I set about brazing it all together tonight.

As you can see there is a bit of a learning curve to this aluminum brazing thing but it looks worse in the pics than it does in person.. plus that will get ground and sanded flush this week.

Next up is to fabricate all the interior bracing and screw posts then figure out the frog assembly then tote and knob. Hopefully I have this done by Christmas… this year lol.

Stay tuned!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 11-12-2014 04:12 AM

That is way too cool. Wish I had the equipment to do metal work as well. Will be watching this series.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 11-12-2014 05:24 AM


If that were my project, it would probably end up as a high school graduation gift! . . . a little too late to be appreciated! We think it’s wonderful that you’re encouraging your son to work with you in the shop and the tools are really special. I hope he continues the tradition when he has children.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 11-12-2014 02:09 PM


Phenomenal work pops.

Thanks for taking the time to document it.

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 11-12-2014 02:34 PM

thats going to be pretty cool!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 11-12-2014 05:15 PM

There’s bound to be one happy kiddo when this is all said and done…and hopefully a new future woodworker to add to our ranks.

-- Ed

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#6 posted 11-12-2014 09:55 PM

What a great project and judging by the results so far, your self confidence to make all this stuff is well warranted.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Don Broussard

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#7 posted 11-13-2014 12:22 AM

Eric—So you’ve already been named “Father of the Year” for the workbench with a real vise. Now you’ve made a hand saw and are making an aluminum-body hand plane. You might just win the Internet! Great projects with lots of memories to be made!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#8 posted 11-13-2014 03:51 AM

Thanks for following along folks. Even if he doesn’t like these I am surprisingly having a lot of fun making scale sized tools lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#9 posted 12-06-2014 06:22 AM

Nice work. Saving for future reference.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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